As the May 15 election approaches, one hot button issue may be enough to light a political fire between attorney general candidates. The issue: the legalization and use of medical marijuana.
Dwight Holton and Ellen Rosenblum are both democrats running for attorney general. Of the hundreds of laws that office interprets, their opposing view points on marijuana may be enough to sway the vote.
The cannabis controversy is a national issue.
Here at home, Kristi Anderson who is a cancer survivor, medical marijuana patient, and publisher of the Oregon Cannabis Connection says last years federal raids were an infringement on Oregonians rights.
"We felt cheated, we felt lied to, it was unfair. A lot of patients loss their medication and had to resort to who knows, the black market," she says.
The attorney general represents the state of Oregon in all legal proceedings.
In an interview last year Dwight Holton said that marijuana grows were out of control.
"I was up with Sheriff Winters this morning flying around. It's stunning we saw dozens and dozens of grows within the short flight."
He is running against Ellen Rosenblum for the attorney general spot. She says quote, "[She'll] make marijuana enforcement a low priority."
That difference in opinions certainly causing a stir.
"The people of the state of Oregon voted for it and I think that the state attorney general should keep the federal marshalls out of the state of Oregon," Medford resident Charles Horton tells us.
Furthermore, the A.G. also writes ballot titles. There are two public initiatives over marijuana hoping to land on the November 6 ballot. Initiative 24 seeks to legalize marijuana in Oregon to anyone over the age of 21. Initiative 9, hoping to create a cannabis commission - and it's getting celebrity endorsement from musician Willy Nelson.
But before those issues even have a chance to mature, Oregonians will be voting for their new attorney general.
"I'm not going to vote for somebody who takes down something that helps people," concludes Anderson.
Making medical marijuana a possible deal breaker in the May 15th election.